Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hawass Is Back!

Well, to tell you the truth darlings, I didn't think he'd be able to stand being out of the spotlight as the head of Egyptian Antiquities for very long, especially with his Baby, the new antiquities museum being constructed facing the pyramids at Giza, coming online soon (Egyptian "soon," that is).  All smirks aside, I'm glad to see he's back in the saddle because he is passionate about Egypt's glorious history and I believe he is scrupulously honest and a man of integrity.  Misguided in some of his beliefs sometimes about what some of that stuff from the past means, but you know, he's an archaeologist - it's a hazard of the profession :)

Egypt antiquities chief becomes minister
(AFP) – 4 days ago

CAIRO — Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass, the guardian of some of the world's most important treasures, was on Wednesday named minister of antiquities, the official MENA news agency reported.

Hawass had served as head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and later became minister of state under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Nationwide protests that erupted on January 25 overthrew Mubarak and saw power handed over to a military council.

Hawass's appointment is likely to anger pro-democracy activists who have been calling for the cabinet to purged of all old regime elements.

His nomination comes amid multiplying calls by the UN cultural agency to protect Egypt's heritage after reports of looting and theft during the unrest that followed the popular uprising.

UNESCO said on Tuesday that it would write to Egyptian authorities to officially ask for more protection for the country's archaeological sites. Earlier this month, the UN body voiced growing concern for such sites which it said were threatened by pillaging. Robbers raided several warehouses around the country, including one in the Egyptian Museum, after the uprising gave way to looting and insecurity.

An antiquities official said last week that 800 relics stolen by armed robbers from a warehouse east of Cairo were still missing.

Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...